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"translate" in British English

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translateverb [I or T]

uk   /trænzˈleɪt/ /trænsˈleɪt/  us   /trænsˈleɪt/  /trænzˈleɪt/
B1 to change words into a different language: We were asked to translate a list of sentences. She works for the UN, translating from English into French.
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C2 to change something into a new form, especially to turn a plan into something real: So how does this theory translate into practical policy? The ways of working that he had learned at college did not translate well (= were not suitable) to the world of business.
translate sth as sth
to decide that words, behaviour, or actions mean a particular thing: He mumbled something which I translated as agreement.

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(Definition of translate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"translate" in American English

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translateverb [I/T]

 us   /trænsˈleɪt, ˈtræns·leɪt/
to change writing or speech from one language into another: [I] Poetry does not translate easily.
If you translate an activity, you change it into a new form or condition: [I] The ability to talk clearly does not automatically translate into the ability to write clearly.
translation
noun [C/U]  us   /trænsˈleɪ·ʃən/
[C] I do translations at international meetings.
translator
noun [C]  us   /trænsˈleɪ·t̬ər, ˈtræns·leɪ·t̬ər/
He is a translator at the UN.
(Definition of translate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"translate" in Business English

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translateverb

uk   us   /trænzˈleɪt/
[I or T] to change something into a different form, or to be changed in this way: be translated into sth An organization's "mission statement" is typically translated into a set of goals and measures which are then passed down to individual departments.translate into sth Higher R&D spending does not always translate into competitive advantage.translate sth into sth The Purchase Funnel Assessment assesses how effectively a brand translates awareness into purchases and retention.
[I or T] to change the words of one language into the words in another language that have the same meaning: Finding interpreters who can translate directly from Estonian to Portuguese is almost impossible.translate sth into sth You can't just translate an English website into Spanish and assume it will still be effective.be translated into sth The book has been translated into more than twenty languages.
[T] FINANCE, ACCOUNTING if an amount in one currency is translated into another currency, its value is given in the other currency: be translated into sth Foreign income is translated into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rate for the tax year in which the transactions are conducted.
(Definition of translate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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